Talita is a non-profit organization offering help and support to women who have been exploited in prostitution, pornography or human trafficking for sexual purposes. We operate in both Sweden and Mongolia. Our work is built on Christian foundations and we strive after a holistic approach to each woman’s situation. We have formed a method for rehabilitation that consists of:
- A safe house
- Trauma therapy
- Planning for the future
- Transition to independent living and studies/work
Each of these five items represents an equally important aspect of Talita’s long-term program (one year and four months). Beyond this we also offer acute help and protection for shorter periods of time when authorities send a woman to us. We work very closely with Stockholm Police’s Prostitution Group and their social worker, the Human trafficking department, and the County Government in Stockholm (Länsstyrelsen).
One aspect that differentiates Talita from many other safe houses is that we receive clients on a 24/7 basis. Our ambition is to see each woman as a whole person and be a support to her the entire way, regardless of where she has been exploited in the world, and regardless of whether someone pays for her placement with us or not. In other words, money does not determine our decision to take in a woman—it is totally dependent on her own motivation and desire for a transformed life.
Women that have been subject to human trafficking and end up in Sweden seldom have access to support in Sweden or back in their home country. They may have come to Sweden after having been sold between different countries. However, if there is evidence that they have been brought to Sweden for the purpose of sexual exploitation, there is a high risk of them not receiving asylum and being sent back to their home country.
The women’s needs are great. When we first come into contact with them, we deal with their acute needs like food and clothing. Eventually, we try to determine a safe place they can return to in their home country. Sometimes, when returning to their home country is not a feasible solution, we help them find work that can lead to a work permit in Sweden.
Mika clinics (Mikamottagningarna) in Stockholm, Gothenburg, and Malmö provide services for women and men in prostitution. These range from outreach work, to therapy, to helping the individuals contact authorities, and so on. Talita aims to complement these services.